[MARMAM] Volunteer positions available - bottlenose dolphin research assistant opportunity, Cardigan Bay, UK

CBMWC info at cbmwc.org
Tue Feb 26 05:06:43 PST 2013


Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

New Quay



 <http://www.cbmwc.org/> www.cbmwc.org


Bottlenose dolphin research volunteers – positions still available for


Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) is still recruiting volunteers
for April-May to collect data on the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay and to
help run our visitor centre and educational activities. 



The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is a non-profit organisation based
in New Quay, west Wales, UK and since 1996 has been dedicated to raising
awareness of the local marine environment through education and research.
Through boat-based and land-based surveys we monitor bottlenose dolphin,
harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seal populations, with a focus on the
photo-identification of the semi-resident population of bottlenose dolphins
in the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC).  


Position description

Volunteers are required to help with our ongoing research, education and
awareness-raising programmes concerning the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay.
CBMWC is almost entirely run by volunteers, so if you are successful in your
application, you will be an integral part of our team.


Volunteering at CBMWC is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive
contribution to marine wildlife conservation and meet new people who share
your interests. You will learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan
Bay, gain experience in field work, research methods, data processing,
public awareness and education programmes. The data you collect will
contribute to long running research studies on bottlenose dolphin site
usage, abundance, photo-identification and acoustic studies.


Responsibilities/duties will include (but are not limited to):

*          Visitor centre operation, including dealing with enquiries and
taking boat bookings

*          Land-based surveys in conjunction with Ceredigion County Council

*          Boat-based surveys*

*          Educational activities with children and the general public

*          Data entry and checking

*          Updating sightings information

*          Beach cleans


* Please note that boat surveys are weather dependent and volunteers take
turns to join trips to act as onboard researcher. During times of bad
weather, you will spend more time doing data entry and visitor centre work. 


You will be expected to work up to 8 hours a days, six days a week. Field
work can involve long periods outdoors, in often inclement weather. All
volunteers are expected to contribute to all CBMWC activities, tasks and
field work and to attend all training sessions provided. As such, if you are
only looking to gain field experience, this is not the opportunity for you. 



Essential skills

*          An interest in wildlife and conservation

*          Positive, reliable, conscientious and mature attitude

*          Ability to work as part of a small team 

*          Strong work ethic with an ability to work unsupervised 

*          Adaptable and patient (particularly as boat work is weather

*          Confident in dealing with the public both face to face and over
the telephone

*          Fluency in English

*          Willing to ask for help if unsure and admit mistakes


Desirable skills

*          Interest and/or experience of working with children in
environmental education

*          Research and surveying experience

*          IT, photography/videography (own equipment required), design and
fundraising skills are useful but not essential


Please note that enthusiasm for our work and the marine environment is as
valued as experience, since full training is provided. 


Student projects

We welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students who need field work
(including boat) support and office space to conduct their research
projects. Dedicated boat time can be made available. Please note that we do
not have a list of specific project ideas but if you have a project idea in
mind, please contact us to discuss whether your ideas are feasible.


Time commitment

Places are available in blocks A and B (see below for dates). Volunteers
must be able to commit to an entire block and priority will be given to
volunteers who are able to commit to more than one block. 


Volunteering dates 2013

*          Block A: 20th March to 16th April (4 weeks)

*          Block B: 17th April to 14th May (4 weeks)


Volunteer fee

An administration fee of £35 will be required from all successful


Accommodation and expense arrangements

Shared accommodation in a comfortable and fully equipped house will be
arranged for successful volunteers (where required) at a cost of £55 per
week, including fuel bills. Volunteers are responsible for their own food,
travel and accommodation costs.


How to apply

Download an application form from our website www.cbmwc.org/volunteer/,
complete it and email it to volunteer at cbmwc.org with ‘Volunteer application
2013’ in your subject line. Please make sure you fill in your availability. 


The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 8th March 2013.
Applicants will be notified on Monday 11th March. Please contact us if you
do not receive an acknowledgement after submitting your form as we have had
some emails go missing. 


For further information

Visit www.cbmwc.org/

If you have any questions please email volunteer at cbmwc.org with an
appropriate subject line or call Laura on +44 (0)1545 560224.






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Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Patent Slip Building

Glanmor Terrace

New Quay


SA45 9PS

Wales, UK


Ffon/Phone: 01545 560224

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Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is supported by the Cardigan Bay Marine
Wildlife Group, a marine interest group of the Wildlife Trust of South and
West Wales.


Helping to conserve Cardigan Bay's marine wildlife through education,
interpretation and research

Helpu i warchod bywyd gwyllt morol Bae Ceredigion drwy addysg ac ymchwil




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